3.12.2011

It kind of amazes me that no one seems to be formatting with hanging indents, which is what print publishers do with lines that are too long for a printed page. There are even protocols for hanging indents for long lines when some of the lines are indented (usually less of an indent). There's actually a whole listserv devoted to w3 specifications for poetry, but none of the people there seem to have heard about the hanging indent either (it is a tab / spacing problem that is difficult to conquer).

Sticking with images (scans), like google ebooks still do, works for me -- you can magnify them or shrink them if the size is tough, and the text isn't altered. Admittedly, I like to have both -- the image, unaltered, of the page, and full access to all the letters. But I don't have a problem with the "artifact of the codex" for poetry. I mean, if they are art works, they're images anyway, and one of those things that's supposed to distinguish poetry is its *intended* appearance....

3.06.2011

oh yes -- to switch from form to form to see something -- that's it -- that's closer to transposition without being the same but just the same sort of idea -- hit it with a different seive
thinking briefly on annie finch's idea of "multiformalism" this morning, together with my idea of "transposition"

in systems (and a poem is a little system, or a piece of one (if it is a serial poem, say), or a version or release or iteration of one), one thing you have to consider is the formalism of your approach to the system; if it is a little poem, will it bludgeon it to death and cost a lot of irrelevant effort and overhead to use a very formal process, or will something important occur as the output?

well, in this case, learning how to make a system properly is a good -- if you're writing the poem to learn to write poems, then a certain amount of formalism may be a benefit -- not immediately but to systems down the line -- but in a piece of something else, you want just the right amount of formalism -- never done a use case, and got some hairy reqs? do the cases, and see where the chips fall -- or shlep the cases through the process if they've been getting abandoned as early lifecycle decoration during data modelling --

so, too, ... lost track

opportunities for disruption and variation seem -- not just offered by form by also by semantics, by grammar, by subject matter (being multidimensional)